It looks awful and just plain lazy.
Two huge screens just a showing grey... how hard would it have been to have just got 2 relevant images to the topic they are showing, Chuck one on the left and one on the right... simple
It's incredibly bland, from the (awful) music that has been recycled from many many years ago, the horrible title card, the fact the place is so bare and it looks like they've shoved a sofa in a big space that is awaiting interior fit out or a new build house that has had nothing but the walls put up.
It feels like they've gone back two years to when the glass box has first launched and the blandness of how it was then, before they added some colour and lightboxes which made it look much better. I thought the sofas in the corner of the glass box were bad but this set-up is even worse.
For all the flexibility we're told the virtual studio allows, it's still not able to do things that the old studio used to do easily. I really hope that Comcast shake things up eventually and we go back to proper news studios, the current set-up is so bland and whilst it's claimed that the set-up is versatile, the output doesn't show it.
As for the move of Ian King, that's silly if you ask me, but it's hardly the same level of program it used to be when Jeff Randall was there, I think King is a far weaker presenter.